Travis Ishikawa, who at one point this season seriously contemplated hanging up the spikes, sent the Giants into the World Series in Game 5 of the NLCS on Thursday night with a walk-off, NLCS-clinching three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning off of Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha. Ishikawa was about as unlikely a hero as there could have been in that series.
Ishikawa himself still isn’t sure that he was the one who punched the Giants’ ticket to an October match-up against the Royals. Per CSN Bay Area’s Andrew Baggarly, Ishikawa said, “I can’t describe the feeling I have each time I see it or each time I think about it. It still doesn’t seem like it was me.”
It’s an incredible story, one we’ll certainly be passing on for years to come. In case you missed or forgot what happened, enjoy Jon Miller’s call of Ishikawa’s Bobby Thomson moment.
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ST. LOUIS – Reliever Giovanny Gallegos and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a two-year, $11 million contract, a deal that includes a club option for 2025 and escalators that could make it worth $20.5 million over three seasons.
The 31-year-old right-hander is 3-5 with a 2.91 ERA and 14 saves in 20 chances this season. He has 72 strikeouts and 15 walks in 58 2/3 innings.
“I feel so happy,” Gallegos said before the Cardinals played the Pirates in Pittsburgh. “I don’t have the word for exactly how I’m feeling.”
He was obtained from the Yankees in July 2018 along with left-hander Chasen Shreve in the trade that sent first baseman Luke Voit to New York. Gallegos is 14-15 with a 3.02 ERA and 34 saves in six major league seasons.
Gallegos gets a $500,000 signing bonus and salaries of $4.5 million next year and $5.5 million in 2024. St. Louis has a $6.5 million team option for 2025 with a $500,000 buyout.
His 2025 option price can increase by up to $3.5 million for games finished in 2024: $500,000 each for 20-25 and 26-30 and 31-35, and $1 million apiece for 36-40 and 41 or more.
He would get $250,000 for winning the Rivera/Hoffman reliever of the year award, $50,000 for All-Star selection and World Series MVP and $25,000 for League Championship Series MVP.
Gallegos has a $2.41 million salary this year.
He was eligible for salary arbitration and is potentially eligible for free agency after the 2024 season.